Tell Mt. Lebanon: No More Deer Killings
It’s Time for Non-lethal Methods!
Your help is needed in persuading commissioners in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania to abandon any plans to repeat a cruel and unpopular deer killing.
The municipality of Mt. Lebanon, a Pittsburgh suburb, recently abandoned its plans for a large urban deer kill, 11 days short of its scheduled end date with six deer killed out of a planned 150.
The killing method was opposed by animal protection groups and hunters alike for its especially inhumane nature. The plan was to bait deer – many of them pregnant does – into a small corral, then close the gate remotely, and shoot them. Shockingly, it took 11 bullets on the first day to kill three deer caught in the corral, and the average waiting time for deer in the pen before killing was an astonishing 90 minutes.
The premature end to the killing, and low kill numbers were blamed on spring weather enabling deer to find food elsewhere and on interference from protesters. Amazingly, despite the epic failure of this misguided plan and despite the rift created in the municipality, commissioners seem intent on pursuing a lethal method in the fall and may even consider using the corral method once again, claiming that it will work better in fall or winter.